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McFarland’s entire municipal operations, including emergency services, were unable to be reached by phone for 43.75 hours last week. Calls could not be made or received, and voicemail was not accessible.

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Candidates for the April 2, 2019, local elections can begin to circulate their nomination papers Saturday.

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The village of McFarland could be facing a lawsuit if the Madison City Council decides to move forward with legal action surrounding the Town of Blooming Grove parcels annexed into McFarland earlier this month.

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For the second consecutive year, McFarland residents will see a decrease in the municipal tax rate.

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Borrowing $2.5 million to purchase land for an east side park remains in the 2019 McFarland village budget, but trustees indicated they wouldn’t authorize the borrowing if there is no specific land to buy.

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There are times when a highly visible police unit is necessary to control crowds, particularly in events like protests that could negatively affect people’s safety. Or even times where a large number of people gather, like parades or fundraising events. when having a few extra officers can b…

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The McFarland Village Board is in the process of looking at the 2019 budget and the single-largest capital projects expense is purchasing property for a future east side community park. The price tag attached to the budget item is $2.5 million.

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The McFarland Village Board approved submitting an application to obtain a Dane County PARC grant for the purpose of expanding the Lower Yahara River Trail through Orchard Hill Park. The property is located adjacent to Urso-Schuetz Park.

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The McFarland Village Board approved changes to the charter ordinance related to when the village needs to host a binding referendum for public construction projects. The amended measure was passed at Monday’s meeting 5-2, with Trustees Carolyn Clow and Shaun O’Hearn voting no.

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Village residents will have the opportunity to voice their support or opposition Oct. 8 to a change to a local ordinance outlining when the village would need to receive permission from residents to move forward with a project.

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A comment from a Dane County supervisor who believed Cambridge wasn’t getting the best deal for its dollars in terms of senior services provided by McFarland resulted in Village Administrator Matt Schuenke and Senior Outreach Services director Lori Andersen looking at how much money is spent…

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There may have been fewer than 300 responses to the McFarland parks and open spaces survey, but the trend shows people want the village to prioritize a pool or splash pad. The results of the month-long survey were shared at the Aug. 16 parks, recreation and natural resources committee meeting.

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The McFarland Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee has some ideas on how to shape Orchard Hill Park, located adjacent to the John Urso Dog Park – namely, creating a spoke to the Lower Yahara River Trail and adding a nine-hole disc golf course.

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The village’s next communication and technology director will be a full-time staff member following revisions approved Aug. 13 at the McFarland Village Board meeting.

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Anyone strolling near downtown McFarland will have a new spot to rest and enjoy a few moments of contemplation as construction of a plaza at the west corner of Exchange and Farwell streets continues.

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When the McFarland Village Board met as a committee of the whole Monday evening, they had three choices on how they would like to see the future of McFarland’s referendum ordinance – no change, revision or removal.

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The village of McFarland is moving forward with redeveloping vacant parcels by purchasing 4719 Farwell St., also known as the Gannon property.

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When McFarland residents cast their votes during next week’s primary election, they will assuredly notice a change in the voter check-in process as the village will be one of eight communities in the entire state to use Badger Books, a new electronic polling book.

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There will be no sunshine on the new village logo after the McFarland Village Board voted to not keep the sun symbol on the proposed icon as part of the branding initiative. However, the trustees did agree on a color scheme and tagline during its July 9 meeting.

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“Do we really think we need to go to referendum for a public safety building?” Trustee Mary Pat Lytle asked during the July 9 Committee of the Whole meeting where the McFarland Village Board was discussing a potential public safety facility.

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The process of considering the type of space needs for the McFarland fire/EMS and police departments is getting underway. The McFarland Village Board, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, discussed the facility needs at a July 9 meeting.

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McFarland is another step closer to branding the community after the ad hoc branding committee met June 26 to make a logo recommendation to the village board. But first, the committee had a few suggestions to tweak an updated version presented by design firm Zebradog.

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The increasing occurrence of mobile food cart dining opportunities in the community prompted the McFarland Village Board to create an ordinance regulating and permitting these establishments. The body approved an ordinance and related fees June 24.

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The site plan and rezoning for a six-duplex development on Siggelkow Road was approved June 18 by the McFarland Plan Commission. The Village Board unanimously approved the rezone at its Monday meeting.

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The time when the public can comment on items during village meetings has been revamped as part of a newly passed policy.

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Members of the McFarland Plan Commission were less than pleased when Aaron Ruengpinyophun, representing Waubesa Shores Condominiums, asked for a temporary parking lot June 18 – after the lot had already been established.

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The new village logo has been narrowed to a pair of options by the ad hoc branding committee after being presented with four at the June 11 meeting.

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The referendum to fund renovations to the municipal building for community space has been shifted to the backburner as the McFarland Village Board, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, is choosing to focus on public safety space.

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A nearly 20-year-old park on the southeast side of the village will get a makeover after the McFarland Village Board on May 29 approved adding equipment and repairing existing amenities at Egner Park.

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Could McFarland residents be seeing a referendum in the future, as early as November? It’s a possibility if the Village Board decides to move forward with a decision to renovate existing village facilities.

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There won’t be any new faces on the McFarland Village Board as the trio of incumbents were all re-elected to another two-year term in the April 3 election.

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Polls across the area will be open Tuesday for local elections as well as a few regional and statewide races and a referendum question.